Barbados West Indian Cou Cou


  • 8 okras sliced into rounds
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups corn meal
  • 1 tbs butter
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Coucou is a mixture of cornmeal and okra that is usually served as a side dish in Barbados. It is the Caribbean version of Polenta.

  • Boil 4 cups of water in a large sauce pan and add the okra. cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until soft. Lower the heat
  • While the okra is cooking, mix the corn meal with 2 cups of cold water in a bowl.
  • Add the corn meal mixture to the pot with the okra. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Mix well and cook on low,¬†stirring¬†constantly with a wooden spoon.
  • The Cou Cou is done when it’s stiff and separates away from the sides of the pot.
  • Serve on a dish with butter along with fried fish if desired.
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